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350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

In the 1980s, nearly two hundred colleges and universities across the United States agreed to divest — that is, stop investing their endowment funds — in businesses involved in the deeply racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. In this decade, the Fossil Free movement is organizing students and faculty on college campuses, who are in turn pressing their university administrations to divest from businesses that make their profits off of traffic in fossil fuels.

Fossil Free says there are 210 campaigns on its campus action page, but when I actually count the campuses on the list I come up with 122. Frustratingly, 350.org, the organization that is sponsoring Fossil Free, is not publishing a list of those who’ve signed the petition, or even a count of how many people have signed the petition at each campus. I therefore can’t tell you whether the campaign is succeeding or not, or where it is succeeding most.

If you know something more about the Fossil Free divestment movement, whether it’s an internet-only movement or features student-run, campus-specific actions, I’d appreciate it if you’d share that information with me.

1 comment to 350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

  • Bill

    Whether or not it has achieved significant traction yet (and, like you, I have my doubts), this initiative is a pretty good example of where we need to be going. It’s abundantly clear by now that world governments will not…cannot lead with respect to climate protection, which leaves it up to the rest of us. A classic example of “when the people lead, the leaders will follow.”

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